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Microsoft Word 2007 instructions for maintaining aspect ratio of image resizing does not work

I'm using Microsoft Word 2007 in a Windows 7 environment. I'm trying to resize several images in a Word document, one at a time, and I want to keep the aspect ratio. When I looked on the help, they suggested that while I resize the image, I hold down the spacebar.

I've tried it half a dozen times using slightly different approaches and all that happens is a bunch of spaces get added to the document. What is the proper approach for keeping the aspect ratio when resizing images? I can very much.
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
Hello,

hold down the Shift key and then drag the corner handle of the image. This works in all Office applications, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.

cheers, teylyn
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photoman11Author Commented:
Take a look at the attached screenshot which explains the issue I'm running into. I basically can't get to the place of following your suggestion.
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
With the image selected and the sizing handles showing as in the screenshot, click a corner sizing handle, then press down the Shift key while resizing.

The default setting is to keep the aspect ratio when dragging the corner handles, but the Shift key ensures that the aspect ratio is maintained at all times.

I've just tried it in Word 2007. After selecting the picture, the selection handles do NOT disappear when I press the Shift key. I'm not quite sure what the reason for that might be.

Then, again, if I press the SPACE bar, the picture will be unselected.

The Shift key is to the left of the Z key on a US keyboard layout and to the right of the / key. The space bar is the wide key at the bottom of the keyboard.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Hi photoman11,

I'm using Word2010 with Vista HomePremium x64. I knoe that Word2007 is similar enough to Word2010 and this is how I approach the problem: aspect ratio setting
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photoman11Author Commented:
teylyn,

Photoman here, reporting in from planet Stupid ...

You hit the nail on the head. I was reading Shift and thinking "Spacebar." Unbelievable!

Since I can't do anything dumber than what I just did, do you have any way of selecting several hundred images in a Word document so that I can apply the same picture style (frame) to all of them, in one step? I have tried numerous things; searched on the Internet, etc. without success.

I even made sure that I was thinking that the words meant what they actually were so that's not the problem. Any ideas?
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
OK. Glad we got that one sorted.

If the following does not help, you may want to open a new question.

If your pictures are formatted with a Wrap Text setting other than "in line with text", you should be able to select them all by clicking the first picture, then holding down the Shift key (the one to the left of Z) and clicking the next image.

Or, follow the instructions in this Microsoft article to select the images. Note this about inserted images, though:

Note   The Select tools don’t work on inserted images in Word. To select images, we suggest that you insert the images into a drawing canvas. When you insert shapes and images in a drawing canvas, you can select them by dragging a box over the objects. For more information, see Add a drawing to a document.

Selecting all image objects in Word with just a few clicks is not trivial after version 2003. Once you have managed to select all images, you can apply the frame settings for all images in one go.

cheers, teylyn
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photoman11Author Commented:
thank you very much. It seems I will need to do a little bit more research than I originally thought. The images were inserted into the word document through the use of a word macro so I don't know if that is then considered inserting images or what?

Also, I have never heard the term "drawing canvas" before so I'll need to familiarize myself with that.
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
Yes, the images are inserted, whether or not this happened with a macro does not make a difference.

cheers, teylyn
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